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W10 Sat - What is your favourite word? (in any language)

I think Japanese has a lot of silly-sounding words that I really like, since there are many words made up of onomatopoeia, or words such as ‘toki doki’ (sometimes), and I love when you look at the kanji of something and see the components it’s made out of, such as fireworks (hanabi - fire flower). However I think my favourite word is the Japanese word for ambulance, which is ‘kyuukyuusha’, since the way you pronounce it mimics the sound of an ambulance, and the kanji is literally ‘saving fast car’.

Creo que japonés tiene muchas palabras que suenan interesantes, como ‘toki doki’ (algunas veces), o que tienen kanji que se componen de carácteres interesantes, como la palabra para fuegos artificiales (hanabi - flor de fuego). Pero creo que mi palabra favorita de japonés es ‘kyuukyuusha’, que significa ‘ambulancia’, porque ‘kyuukyuu’ imita el sonido que hace la ambulancia, y los kanji significan un coche rápido que salva.


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✨Week 10 - Languages✨

Sat - What is your favourite word? (in any language)

That’s a hard question because I have a lot of words that I like so I’ll try to do a top 5 in no particular order:

  1. pępek - belly button in Polish, it’s just so nice to pronounce
  2. Székesfehérvár - a city in Hungary, I really like the name and the fact that s and sz sound is the same as in Polish but switched
  3. Wien/Vienna/Wiedeń - another city name but it sounds so nice in every language I know
  4. ragamuffin - hands down the best word in English, I use it everytime I have an opportunity
  5. mąciwoda - it’s troublemaker in Polish but literally it means “someone who stirs the water” and it is such a funny word :D
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Ой сегодня совсем все плохо

Пол дня я просто пролежала из-за самочувствия. Потом все же пересилила себя и села поредачить диплом

  • Написала заключение
  • Внесла правки по сноскам
  • Сделала титульник

Прочитала по английскому contracts. Это 1 тема из 12😱 надо ускоряться

(еще случайно начала одну вышивку, и приготовила для начала вторую🙊)

Сейчас 22:41, такой ливень начался😻
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During my Norwegian studies, I’ve noticed this tiny hiccup in my learning: if, for example, I see that something says, “Jeg ser en gutt” I almost automatically translate it to “I am a boy” instead of “I see a boy”. For background, I am fluent in Spanish and the verb ser in Spanish means “to be”, so I always have to mentally correct myself! No biggie, I just thought it was a funny crossover between two languages that have absolutely nothing in common! It’s a small world! :)


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food poisoning in french

l’intoxication alimentaire (f)- food poisoning

une gastro- stomach bug

la bactérie- bacteria

un vecteur- vector

la nausée- nausea

la douleur abdominale- abdominal pain

le vomissement- vomiting

un malaise- ailment, malaise

un mal de tête- headache

la salmonelle- salmonella

le norovirus- norovirus

l’e. coli (m)- e. coli

la listériose- listeriosis

contaminé.e- contaminated


Originally posted by excitementshewrote

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random norwegian words (a vocab list)

  • inherent - iboende
  • a personality - en personlighet
  • necessarily - nødvendigvis
  • insomnia - en søvnløshet
  • a mood - et humor
  • a dough - en deig
  • a filling - en fylling
  • a cuisine - et kjøkken
  • georgian - georgian
  • irritated - irritert
  • sedative - beroligende middel
  • cool - kul
  • hidden - skjult
  • to hide - å gjemme
  • to plan - å planlegge
  • nonsense - tull -et
  • a resource - en ressurs
  • real - ekte, virkelig
  • suddenly - plutselig
  • cocoa powder - kakaopulver - et
  • to allow - å tillate
  • slavic - slavisk
  • neutral - nøytral
  • to water - å vanne
  • a fountain pen - en fyllepenn
  • mayonnaise - majones
  • watercolor - vannfarge -n
  • comfort food - trøstemat -en
  • a rumour - et rykte
  • frozen - frossen
  • to thaw, unfreeze - å tine
  • raw -
  • gorgeous - nydelig, strålende
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Im completely accent deaf in English. There are so many different American accents that I can’t tell when someone who’s a native English speaker isn’t American. I only realised Sophie Devereaux has a British accent when they pointed it out on that episode where the team tells Nate about the dagger they they all supposedly stole. Then, I started watching the Librarians and I heard Ezekiel speak and I thought I was so sneaky cause I was like “ooo he speaks funny, must be British!”… He’s Australian.

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The Sinhala script is a descendent of the Brahmi script and closely related to the South Indian Kadamba alphabet. It started to appear in Prakrit inscriptions during the 3rd and 2nd centuries BCE

Notable features

  • Type of writing system: abugida
  • Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
  • Number of letters: 37 (without including conjunct consonants and Eḷu hōḷdiya)
  • Used to write: Pali, Sanskrit, and Sinhala
  • When they appear at the beginning of a syllable, vowels are written as independent letters.
  • Prenasalized consonants, such as -mb-, -nd-, -ṇd- and -ng-, are formed by special conjunct symbols that combine the stop and the homorganic nasal.
  • Conjunct symbols are used only when writing Sanskrit or Pali with the Sinhala alphabet.
  • A subset of the letters, known as Eḷu hōḷdiya, was used to write Classical Sinhala (shown in blue below). Many extra letters were added to write Pali and Sanskrit loanwords.



Vowel diacritics with ka




Conjunct consonants




These numerals are no longer used in written Sinhala, instead the Western-style numerals are used.

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Aspirated plosives

Aspirations occurs in English in initial onsets like in ‘pat’ [pʰæt], ‘tack’ [’tʰæk] or ‘cat’ [’kʰæt]. It is not phonemic, since it doesn’t distinguish meanings, but it’s distinctive in Mandarin e.g.  皮 [pʰi] (skin) vs. 比 [pi] (proportion). 

Non-phonemic aspiration occurs in: Tamazight, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Kurdish, Persian, Uyghur. 

Phonemic aspiration: Sami languages, Icelandic, Faroese, Danish, Mongol, Kalmyk, Georgian, Armenian, North Caucasian languages, Sino-Tibetan languages, Hmong-Mien languages, Austroasiatic languages, Hindi-Urdu, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Odya, Bengali, Nepali, Tai-Kadai languages, Nivkh, many Bantu languages (Swahili, Xhosa, Zulu, Venda, Tswana, Sesotho, Macua, Chichewa, and many Amerindian languages (Na-Dene, Siouan, Algic, Tshimshianic, Shastan, Mayan, Uto-Aztecan, Mixtec, Oto-Manguean, Quechua, Ayamara, Pilagá, Toba, etc.)

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29. 05. 20.

currently recovering from my third major sunburn this week (i don’t ever learn, do i??)…

today’s focuses:

  • exercise: stretching + ab work out + yoga + walk + bike + walk the dog
  • spanish: spread
  • meet up: park w/ adv. class from 1 to 5 pm
  • tidy up: desk + bed
  • clothes: fold + put away
  • help with dinner

on the back burner:

look at me—i found things to procrastinate on!l

  • dust: nightstand + bookshelf + floating shelves
  • vacuum: bedroom
  • read: anna karenina
  • design health tracker spread

quarantine count: 77 days

independent studying count: 5 days

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I thought about sharing german phrases and words with explanation on this blog since I’m a nerd for language. I already do every now and then in my discord, but I thought you guys might like to hear them as well

I’d also offer language help for german, and would take questions about it (ask Box is open)

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« The Alchemist » by Paulo Coelho

This is the perfect book if you’re stilk in quarantine. You will travel from Spain to Egypt and you’ll learn so much things! I think this novel was really inspiring and I conveys such a beautiful message ✨ Tell me what your impressions about it!

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